3, Ireland’s fastest growing mobile network, today announced the details of this year’s 3 Irish Open Pro-Am, which will take place on 28th July at the Killarney Golf and Fishing Club prior to the start of the 3 Irish Open.
Shane Lowry, winner of last year’s 3 Irish Open as an amateur, was on hand to help announce details of the four regional qualifying competitions which will take place across the country in the coming weeks. Each regional competition will give teams the opportunity to compete with some of the world’s greatest golfers at the 3 Irish Open Pro-Am in Killarney.
- Golf clubs and interested individuals must register their golf clubs details online at www.three.ie/pro-am before the 31st March.
- Clubs select a particular singles club competition during the month of March / April extracting the three best scores, one from each class on the day.
- Best three scores from each class will form the three man or three woman team representing the club in the 3 Irish Open Pro-Am draw.
- Each club must register details of their team online at www.three.ie/pro-am by 30th April.
Open draw by province
- An open draw for each province will take place with twenty men’s and twenty women’s teams selected for the regional finals.
- Selected teams announced online on 3rd May.
- Winning men’s and women’s teams from each regional heat will go forward to represent their province and play with some of the world’s finest golfers at the 3 Irish Open Pro-Am.
Dates for regional finals
- Munster final – 13th May, Killarney Golf and Fishing Club.
- Leinster final – 20th May, Mullingar Golf Club.
- Connacht final – 27th May, Glasson Golf Club
- Ulster final – 2nd June, Donegal Golf Club.
As an added bonus, every club that enters 100 golfers for the 3 Irish Open Pro-Am will receive 10 free tickets for the 3 Irish Open at the Killarney Golf and Fishing Club over the August Bank Holiday weekend.
Shane Lowry, winner of the 3 Irish Open in 2009 believes this is a great chance for any amateurs out there; “As a young amateur, I always wanted to get the chance to play golf with a pro. A lot of things have changed for me over the last year, but I must admit that I still get a little star-struck when I get drawn to play in the same group as some of the world’s best players. For an amateur to get the opportunity to play in this year’s 3 Irish Open Pro-Am, it is no different and there are so many aspects to the opportunity that make it such a unique experience.
You get to pick the brains of a European Tour professional, be it about stories from the locker room or indeed tips about their game but also you get to play a world class golf course in pristine condition, but also set up at its toughest. The rough at Killarney will be longer, the greens faster, and these are more demanding conditions than most amateurs are used to, but that is all part of the unique experience.”
John McHenry, 3 Golf Consultant, for the 3 Irish Open believes this is a very exciting chance for players across Ireland; “The 3 Irish Open Pro-Am is an integral part of the whole experience of this year’s event. Not only do they get a chance to play with some of the world’s best golfers, they are also playing on one of the most challenging and exciting courses on the tour and they will gain invaluable tips to improve their game.”
George O’Grady, Chief Executive of The European Tour, said: “The Pro-Am experience at any European Tour event offers most amateur players the chance of a lifetime to compete with one of the world’s top players. We congratulate 3 on this excellent initiative that gives every club golfer in Ireland the chance to compete with their heroes at the 3 Irish Open over the magnificent Killarney Golf and Fishing Club.”
Seamus Smith, General Secretary of the Golfing Union of Ireland (GUI), said; “Professional golf stems from the grass roots of amateur golf and I’m thrilled that 3 has restored the opportunity for club golfers to participate. This was such an important part of Irish Opens in the past and the decision to involve the clubs again is a great move at a most exciting time in Irish golf.”
This year’s 3 Irish Open will take place at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club in Kerry over the August Bank Holiday weekend from the 29th July to 1st August. The event will be staged on the magnificent Killeen course in Killarney and will attract the top names in world golf to Ireland.
For more information on the 3 Irish Open go to www.3golf.ie